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Top Six: Most anticipated movies of 2009

logo222I’m home from school, and, while I can’t do my Top Six movies of 2008 because I have yet to see “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and feel like I’ll really enjoy that flick, I need something to do. That’s pretty much why this blog has been started back up, even after such a long hiatus.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep Movie Chutzpah up through next semester, but you never know. But, let’s all just enjoy it while it lasts.

Let’s be honest; 2008 was an incredible year for movies. “The Dark Knight,” “WALL-E,” you name it — there were some amazing movies that hit theaters this year, and I think it showed at the box office. Even with the industry worried about home theaters, netflix and pirating movies taking away from the in-theater sales, “The Dark Knight” made an insane amount of cash, and even smaller flicks like “Mama Mia” did quite well in their runs. So will the studios be able to keep it up with their 2009 lineups?

We’ll see. The lasting effects of the writers’ strike might put a damper on things — especially in the comic book movie genre, which could lose a lot of the steam it picked up with “The Dark Knight” and “Iron Man.” But even so, there’s plenty to be excited about, I promise. Without further ado, here are the six movies I can’t wait to see next year.

6. “Terminator Salvation,” May 22, 2009

title-for-terminator-4-gets-terminated“1984” is my favorite book, “Brazil” is one of my favorite movies and so-on — I love dystopian literature. I always have and a I probably always is. There’s just something very intriguing to me about the different ways government and society could go to absolute shit. And, with the entire human race being beaten in a war versus man-like machines, it doesn’t get any more dystopian and depressing than the Terminator series. I know that, no matter how many of these films McG decides to pop out (he apparently already has plans for a fifth installment after “Salvation”), nothing will ever top “Terminator 2,” but I still enjoyed the third one. “Salvation,” even though Arnold isn’t going to be in it, is exactly what Terminator fans have wanted since the beginning; we’ve heard about the Great War between man and machine for three movies. Now we get to see it. I’m really excited that Christian Bale is playing John Connor, too — I think he’s going to be a really good addition to the franchise. Check out the trailer here:

5. “Monsters vs. Aliens,” March 27, 2009

monster_vs_alienI have yet to see a Disney 3-D movie, but I’ve heard very good things about it — like, the innovations that have been made in this new generation of 3-D movies are good enough to remove the kitsch label from the technology. This will most likely be the first one I see, because it looks amazing. Action, humor and crazy character designs — I really think this has the potential to be one of, if not the, best non-Pixar CGI-based film yet. It looks as if it has a tiny bite of satire, and it definitely doesn’t take itself too seriously, blatantly making fun of the classic genres its borrowing from. I love, love, love b-level 1950s sci-fi movie like “Attack of the 50 foot Woman,” “The Blob” and especially “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” so I’m assuming that a lil’ throwback-parody action in “Monsters vs. Aliens” (it looks as though the 5o-foot woman actually makes an appearance in the flick) will be fantastic. This is going to be a good one.

4. “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” Nov. 6, 2009

9220__wes_lSome people love him; some people think he’s a no-talent assclown who hides under the “indie” label to slip crappy movies into American pop-culture. Wes Anderson is a very polarizing director, and I happen to be in the former category. I adore all of his movies, and “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” which is reportedly using the stop-motion animation that Anderson tinkered with in “Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” is definitely one of the most intriguing endeavors of 2009. Although the settings of his movies are drastically different, I think the core of every one has been the same — dealing with disappointment, family issues and general disfunction. I can’t tell you how excited I am to see Anderson try to work out of his element with this project. “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” is based on a classic childrens’ novel by Roald Dahl and will a great lineup of voice actors, including George Clooney, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jason Schwartzman and Anjelica Huston. Here’s a clip from “The Life Aquatic” that showcases the stop-motion animation that could be used in “Mr. Fox,” too:

3. “Inglourious Basterds,” June 2009

tarantino-sipaFirst of all, let me say something: I know both “Inglorious” and “Bastards” are spelled wrong in the title — but that’s the way director Quention Tarantino wants it. And at this point, I’m ready to let him do whatever he wants, just as long as this movie finally gets finished. He’s been talking about this project, I believe, since the early 1990s after the completion of “Reservoir Dogs.” No after all the speculation, hype and rumor, we finally know that it’s finally going to get made — with a killer cast that includes Brad Pitt, B.J. Novak (from “The Office”) and Samuel L. Jackson. From what I’ve heard about this flick, including script reviews and such, this could be Tarantino’s coupe de grace, his masterpiece. And that’s with”Pulp Fiction” — one of the best movies of all time — hanging over this project’s head. Maybe I’m getting a little carried away on the hype train, but, I think it’s safe to say that, if there’s this much buzz around a movie this earlier, it’s going to be pretty darn impressive. Here’s a fan-made video of the shooting set of the flick:

2. “Watchmen,” March 6, 2009

watchmenMy first experience with the graphic novel “Watchmen” came as soon as I could find the book after I saw the mysterious trailer linked to “The Dark Knight.” I don’t like comic books, but this was different, and it completely blew me away. Reviews — even ones from cynical comic book fans who have seen bits and pieces of the film — are crazy-good already, headed by a glowing review by indie-film guru and mega-nerd Kevin Smith. Zack Snyder’s movie is one of the only big-name comic book adaptations that will hit theaters next year, but it’s a good one. If done right, and from all accounts it has been, Snyder continue setting the bar higher for comic book movies, a trend that started with “Spider-Man” and has continued through “The Dark Knight.” I don’t want to get my hopes up too high, but I really can’t wait until I can see this — in the IMAX Experience, of course.

1. “Where the Wild Things Are,” Oct. 16, 2009

where_the_wild_things_areflvThis movie just has to freakin’ come out already! Shoots and edits and reshoots and re-edits and test audiences and so on — this movie has gone through a lot, even the release date being pushed back over a year. It seems as though everything is on the right track now, with — apparently and hopefully — the majority of Spike Jonze’s original, darker view in tact. The studio has backed him 100 percent, even after children were scared and adults calling the lead character, Max, “unlikeable” in test screenings. I, for one, desperately want to see Jonze’s version hit the screens; his work on movies like “Adaptation” and “Being John Malkovich” is simply amazing, and bringing that gritty, realistic style to one of the most surreal and famous childrens’ novels of all time … well, I’m just just excited to see it. The video posted below is very, very early test footage — the sound isn’t synced and the kid isn’t actually Max Powers, who will be playing Max — but the angles, lighting, cinematography and general feel of the movie is exactly what I expect. October 16th cannot come soon enough:

December 22, 2008 at 10:08 pm 2 comments

Sex Drive red band trailer is freaking hilarious

It’s not everyday that a movie trailer actually makes my laugh out loud. And I definitely didn’t think today would be one of those days when I read that the red-band to a movie called “Sex Drive” had hit the interwebs. I hadn’t heard of the movie up until that point, and everything about the title screams bad teenage sex romp. But I was more than pleasantly surprised by the sneak peak. Enough of my talking it up. Just watch below:

Clark Duke, who plays that goofy sidekick in “Sex Drive,” totally steals the spotlight for the entire 30 seconds or so of screen time he gets. Duke is quickly becoming one of my favorite young comedic actors in Hollywood. I first saw him in “Clark and Michael,” and by the end of the 10-webisode season, I like him and his fiction Clark character than Michael Cera and his awkward antics.

His delivery is so spot-on, and I would be lying if I said one of the main reasons I am now pumped to see “Sex Drive” is so that I can see if Duke is up for carrying his first major movie role (he was in “Superbad” for all of five seconds, and he hasn’t been in any other flicks to my knowledge).

The Amish scene is hilarious — I love Amish humor, because let’s face it: they’re never going to know (Get it? The joke being that there’s a snowball’s chance in hell that an Amish person ever sees “Sex Drive,” what with the no technology rule n’ shit).

The jock older brother is hilarious. I thought one of the best lines in the whole trailer was “You ever watch Dateline? It’s probably a guy!” And then of course, there’s the donut mascot. I, for one, find mascots (especially ridiculous ones, like huge donuts with real-working mouths) to be hilarious. This is one of the best comedy trailers I’ve seen in a while, and I really hope the movie lives up to it. There’s definitely a lot of potential for hilarity here.

“Sex Drive” comes to a theater near you Oct. 10, 2008.

August 16, 2008 at 10:01 am Leave a comment

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist looks awesome

For those of you — those loyal Movie Chutzpah readers out there — that have been keeping up with my blog since the beginning, you’ll remember my rant about the Hollywood comedic genius of the moment, Michael Cera. In said rant, I acknowledged that, yes, Cera’s pretty funny, but he seems to have been tight-casted into that super-awkward kid role.

I wrote about how people might eventually grow tired of his same-old-same-old, and if he doesn’t at least attempt to change it up once in a while (kind of like Jim Carrey), he may end up becoming the flavor of last week (like Will Ferrell circa “Semi-Pro”). I really don’t want to see Cera fall victim to that fate. I think he’s one of young Hollywood’s bright talents, and his potential for stardom is through the roof. But, then again, he can’t keep playing the same role over and over again.

Well, the trailer for Cera’s new movie (in which he plays, you guessed it, a super-awkward kid), but here’s the thing: I don’t think anyone’s going to get tired of his schtick just yet — from the clip, this movie looks really, really good. Don’t take my word for it; Check it out for yourself below:

First of all, forget Cera’s predictable behavior. This movie actually looks like quite a gamble. I love when movies take worn-out genres — in this case, the romantic comedy — and turn said genre on its side to create something new and exciting. This looks different. Fresh. Not in the same vein as “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” but definitely based on the same idea; Something better, more creative must exist, as fas as rom-coms go. Of course, it will have some of the same elements as a typical Hollywood rom-com, but so did “Eternal Sunshine.” The point is, the idea and (hopefully) the ultimate delivery is presented in such a way that the flick is distinctly different than anything else out right now.

Also, check out the tunes, man. We Are Scientists provide the main track in the trailer?  Hell, yes! I know it’s not necessarily the case, but a good soundtrack usually belongs to a good movie, so that also give me home this film will be good.

So, as far as my rant goes, I’m going to lay off Cera for a while. At least until he makes a bad movie, or a movie in which his little awkward-thing doesn’t work well.

sidenote: I think this might be the first Cera-related internet post that didn’t mention “Superbad” once. Maybe he’s starting to work his way out of the shadow of that hilarious picture.

August 6, 2008 at 8:19 am 1 comment

Top Six: Movie Trailers

Another week, another Top Six column. Exciting, huh? If you’ve been a fan since Movie Chutzpah’s early days (An entire week ago, haha), you’re familiar with this piece, and since the first installment of Top Six (comic book movies, currently the second most viewed Movie Chutzpah blog post) was such a hit, I’ll definitely keep doing them.

A few days ago, I posted the much hyped trailer for David Fincher’s upcoming “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” and it got me thinking about my favorite movie trailers of all time. What started out as a fun and easy-enough idea turned into a grueling ordeal — I seriously poured over hours of trailers trying to find ones that would legitimately fit for this post. It was a lot more work than I originally anticipated, but it really paid off. This list I came up with is really freakin’ good.

I tried to keep in mind that, in order to be objective, I needed to pick these without any thought about the finished product, which was a very difficult task. I mean, I like every movie on the list, but I’m thinking that’s just a lucky coincidence, because with or without the movies, these trailers are pretty rocking. It’s interesting to me to see how many comedies wound up on the list, but it makes sense when you think about it. It’s easy to get people excited about a flick after three or four well-edited and well-timed gut busters.

As always, I’d love to hear about your favorite trailers in the comment section.

6. Dawn of the Dead (1978.)

I love the old-school feel to this one. Trailers of old routinely employed this news-reporty feel where a narrator gives a backdrop, and I think this ranks right up there with the best of that style. And the pieces Romero chooses to put in are stunning; from the moment the television reporter sternly says “It gets up and kills. The people it kills get up and kill,” I got all excited to see this movie again. The only downside is, if you haven’t seen the movie, I think the end of the trailer may have a pretty big spoiler in it.

5. Adaptation (2002)

It runs a measly two minutes and 28 seconds, but packed as tightly as possible into that time is incredible character development — you feel like you know what these people are all about, and you want to know where their journey is going to take them. Charlie Kaufman (the character, not the writer, even though that distinction becomes very blurry at times) is erratic and nervous and totally self-aware. His brother is pretty much the exact opposite. Susan is fighting a mid-life crisis. But the trailer does a great job of not giving away too much, even though it develops these characters so well. It ends, and you want to desperately find out how their stories will eventually be intertwined.

4. Pineapple Express (2008.)

I can’t tell you how many times I have watched this trailer. At least 20 — most likely more. But every time I laugh, especially when Saul kicks through the car window, and every time I get excited for Aug. 8. The movie is a stoner comedy/action movie, and each of those genres work together seamlessly in the trailer, leaving a hopeful viewer such as myself to believe the actual movie will share that quality.

3. Brazil (1985)

This trailer works on two distinct levels: one, the visuals, lack of speaking and great soundtrack provide this epic feeling, an I-gotta-see-this feeling, that view trailers really accomplish. This is one of my favorite movies of all time, and the trailer was cut in such a way that made me excited to see this movie, as if it was for the first time. It’s brilliantly put together. And two, it maintains a complete “what the hell?” factor, never giving away anything about the plot or storyline, even when producing an epic feeling through the entirety of the run time.

2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008.)

This one speaks for itself — it’s visually stunning. It’s well-edited. It leaves me counting down the days until December. I really like this one, but, after seeing what kind of impact comedic trailers had on me, I had to pick one for this No. 1 spot. Sorry, Ben. Your trailer’s good. Just not the best.

1. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

It took me an incredibly long time to decide which Wes Anderson trailer was the best — it came down to this and “Rushmore,” but in the end, this trailer had a certain unexplainable charm that entirely enthralled me each time I watched it. Just like the “Adaptation” trailer, it’s got great character development, which makes you want to get to know these characters so well. It gives subtle things away, but in a way that leaves you wanting to find out what happened, instead of ruining the movie for you — the part where Bill Murray punches Owen Wilson comes immediately to mind. I can’t get over how funny and bright this trailer is. Perfection.

July 14, 2008 at 3:30 am 4 comments

Just because I haven’t posted it yet:

Ask the people I went to “Indiana Jones” with:

I was more excited to see the trailer for David Fincher’s upcoming masterpiece “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” than the movie itself. All I heard from the interwebs was it was two minutes of glorious cinematic perfection. Well, it didn’t disappoint.

I think it might be my favorite trailer ever (oooooh, I think I just found a topic for my next Top Six column!), because it’s just so moving in a way I can’t describe. Very little talking, very quick cuts, perfect editing and a great choice for music makes for a perfect trailer. Ugh, I can’t do it justice with words.

I couldn’t sit here any longer without posting it one my site, on the extreme off-chance that someone who reads it has not yet seen it.

I love the shot at the very end of the old woman holding baby Benjamin’s while walking down the street. This Film is going to be incredible — we’ll have to wait until December 19th to see it, though.

July 11, 2008 at 3:20 pm 1 comment